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IREM® AND THE CITY OF HOUSTON COLLABORATE TO BOOST LOCAL
WHOLE-BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

Tenants and Property Managers Invited to a Kick-Off Party and a Workshop

September 29, 2014 -- The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and the City of Houston have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The document outlines a collaborative relationship and a division of labor to encourage local building owners and managers and individual property tenants to combine efforts in order to step up whole-building sustainability activities.  Specifically, participating properties and tenant spaces will engage in a sustainability “challenge” comprised of two parts: the Houston Green Office Challenge and the IREM Sustainable Property Challenge.  The goal: To improve the resource conservation, performance, and indoor environments of commercial real estate throughout the city.

A launch event, a kickoff/networking party featuring refreshments and prizes and more will be held Oct. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tasting Room Uptown (1101 Uptown Park Blvd).  The second event, an information workshop that will provide details about the challenges and ideas for implementation will be held Thurs., Oct. 2, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Basement Conference Room of the Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, next to the Amtrak Station.

SEPARATE BUT COMPLEMENTARY ROLES
IREM’s major role will be to promote and administer the IREM Sustainability Property Challenge, launched last year as part of the IREM Sustainability program, which also includes a sustainability platform and the IREM® Certified Sustainable Property Certification. The challenge is a friendly, cost-free competition for individual properties. The challenge and other aspects of IREM’s program are driven by the Green Per Square Foot online platform.

Looking both to commercial property managers and office tenants to demonstrate leadership in environmental performance, the City of Houston will focus on promoting and administering the Houston Green Office Challenge, a competition first launched in 2011, that acknowledges property tenants for their achievements in greening their operations through Mayoral and media recognition. The Houston Green Office Challenge also is driven by the Green Per Square Foot online platform.

Locally, the combined challenges will be known as the Houston Green Office Challenge+IREM Sustainable Property Challenge and will call for completion of activities drawn from seven main categories:  education and outreach; energy; water conservation; materials and waste; interiors, exteriors and purchasing; transportation, and stakeholder engagement.  Completing activities earns points, and points move participants up a leader board, with top performers rewarded with prizes and public recognition.

IREM and the City of Houston will work together to engage participants, facilitate educational events, and provide information on how property managers and tenants can work together to improve whole-building sustainability.

MORE ABOUT IREM SUSTAINABILITY
www.iremsustainability.com is a dedicated website that contains detailed information on all components of the sustainability program, including applying for certification. Challenge participants from any location, including Houston, may enroll properties or spaces through this website.

MORE ABOUT THE HOUSTON GREEN OFFICE CHALLENGE
www.houstongoc.org is a dedicated website through which Houston tenants and spaces may enroll in the Houston Green Office Challenge+IREM Sustainable Property Challenge.